One of our favorite foods pre-celiac was creamy balsamic chicken over a steaming plate of pasta.
To say going gluten free was hard is an understatement.
We try to see the bright side of things. Being gluten free is tough, but it’s worth it. We are determined to enjoy our lives and not let this disease control us. Our goal is to inspire others with our story and show them that a gluten free life can be a happy one.
When we first found out that we had to go gluten free, we were really upset. We loved bread and pasta and all of the delicious things that contained gluten. It seemed like such a hard thing to give up. But we quickly realized that we had to make a choice: we could either be miserable and give up all of the foods we loved, or we could be positive and find new ways to enjoy our favorite dishes.
We decided to be positive.
It hasn’t always been easy, but we’ve managed to find gluten free versions of almost all of our favorite foods. We’ve also found some new favorites along the way.
One of those favorites is our creamy balsamic chicken with pasta.
It’s salty, savory, sweet, and creamy. And it makes GREAT leftovers.
Balsamic Chicken with Gluten Free Pasta
The tang from the balsamic really pulls this dish together. Balsamic chicken has long been a favorite of ours, and this recipe brings great comfort.
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (our favorite chicken is Bell and Evans chicken breasts)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Splash of white wine
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Gluten free pasta of choice – we love fusilli for this dish!
1lb asparagus spears
5-10 Cherry/grape tomatoes
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Salt your water and bring to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions
- Lightly steam or blanche asparagus
- Slice tomatoes and broil
- In a bowl, combine olive oil, balsamic, garlic, wine, and brown sugar. Add to a sauté pan and cook until reduced, stirring often.
- Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper, and sauté in a pan with olive oil until cooked all the way through
- Add balsamic sauce to chicken, followed by asparagus, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese
- Serve chicken and asparagus over cooked gluten free pasta
This is a quick and easy meal you can pull together on busy weekday nights. The best part? The leftovers are even better the next day!
So there you have it – our favorite balsamic chicken with pasta dish. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Is Balsamic Vinegar Gluten Free?
Balsamic vinegar is made from grape juice and wine vinegar, and does not contain any gluten-containing ingredients. This makes it safe for people with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity to consume. You can find balsamic vinegar in the grocery store near other types of vinegar, or purchase it online. Look for vinegars that are labeled “gluten-free” to be sure they do not contain any traces of gluten.
We’ve yet to find a balsamic vinegar that contains gluten!
We love Colavita Balsamic Vinegar for our Creamy Balsamic Chicken recipe.
What Brand of Gluten Free Pasta is Best?
Barilla, Rummo, Schar, and Jovial are the top gluten free pastas used in our house. Jovial makes a wonderful brown rice tagliatelle that is our favorite!
Barilla and Rummo both have a wide variety of gluten free pastas, including lasagna sheets, rotini, penne, and spaghetti. Schar’s gluten free pasta options are a bit more limited, but their spaghetti is excellent.
As for what brand of gluten free pasta is best, it honestly comes down to personal choice. There are many different brands of gluten free pasta on the market, so it may take some trial and error to find the one you like best. When cooked properly, all of these brands should taste similar to traditional wheat-based pasta.
If you like this recipe for gluten free balsamic chicken, check out our other gluten free recipes as well!